25 sep. 2011

September Theme : Part Of Series : Class of '71

Today the third and last installment of the 'Part Of a Previously Posted Series' theme. Floyd Cramer showed us his class in Class of '68 here at Chez Monsieur Maurice. And with this album he proves that he's still got it in '71. Although I must admit that, in the meantime, he has lost his good looks...

Side 1
01 Joy to the World
02 Stay Awhile
03 Fire and Rain
04 Theme from "Love Story"
05 One Toke Over the Line

Side 2
01 Proud Mary
02 It's Imposible
03 For All We Know
04 When There's No You
05 Mr. Bojangles

A meager 10 tracks on this one. My personal favorites are 'Stay Awhile', 'Fire and Rain' and from the B side 'It's Impossible' and the beautiful 'When There's No You' (notice the little 'sample' of the aria Vesti la Giubba from Pagliacci !)

17 sep. 2011

September Theme : Part of Series : episode two

Remember a year ago, when I posted my Mystery Record ? Dynamic Mood Music In Sound Effect
Well I found another one, with the equally 'fortune cookie-esque' title 'Dynamic Guitar Mood Special'. This time by Shoji Yokouchi & the Blue Dreamers.

Dynamic Guitar Mood Special - Shoji Yokouchi & the Blue Dreamers

Side 1
01  El Condor Pasa
02  Love Me Tonight
03  Moon Glow
04  La Pioggia
05  I'll Never Fall In Love Again
06  Maria Elena

Side 2
01 Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head
02 The Malthese Melody
03 Star Dust
04 Concerto Pour Une Voix
05 Rain
06 Ebb Tide

I really love El Condor Pasa, in which the use of the 'Koto' (I guess, correct me if I'm wrong !) works really well. But for the rest of it, I prefer the more sedate numbers. Moonglow, I'll never fall In Love (Bacharach never gets old...), Star Dust, Rain and Ebb Tide. But that's just a matter of taste.
I especially want to mention 'Concerto Pour Une Voix', which is a beautiful piece of Saint-Preux. A French composer of classical  contemporary music. It became a real hit in the '70's, apparently also in Japan.
I also noticed that the track-listing of these two albums have some songs in common. I guess those were the big 'hits' of the moment in Japan and it is nice to hear the different interpretations of these songs.

10 sep. 2011

Let's do Themes !

Let's do monthly themes ! This makes it more fun for me to select the records that I want to post.
Let's do themes and start with 'Serials'. Records that are part of series, previously posted at Chez Monsieur Maurice.
First up, a companion for  Great Songs Of The Beatles

Great Songs of Bacharach & David

Side 1
01 The Lettermen - This Guy's in Love With You
02 Matt Monro - (They Long To Be) Close To You
03 San Fernando Brass & Voices - Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head
04 Al Martino - I'm A Better Man
05 The Sounds Of Our Times - The Look Of Love

Side 2
01 The Lettermen - Walk On By
02 The Sounds Of Our Times - Who Is Gonna Love Me
03 Tony Sandler & Ralph Young - What The World Needs Now
04 Al de Lory - Make It Easy On Yourself
05 Peggy Lee - (There's) Always Something There to Remind Me

As in the 'Beatles - version' we have songs done by 'The Lettermen, The Sounds Of Our Times and Peggy Lee, + a few other names.
A 1972 Quadraphonic pressing.

3 sep. 2011

Monsieur Maurice is Back !!!

After hibernating and sulking for a few months because that 'frakkin' turntable didn't function the way I wanted, we are finally back where we left of.
The turntable is working, but not trough USB as it was supposed to...
The record collection is growing, and I'm glad to be posting again. 
I'm presenting to you the album "At Your Request". A compilation album from 1989, featuring a selection of listeners most requested tracks by renowned artists, from the BBC Radio 2 show "At Your Request".
 Peggy Lee's version of 'Me and My Shadow' is absolutely fabulous....

Side 1
01 One Morning in May - Mat Monro
02 You and Me Against The World - Helen Reddy
03 Bring Him Home - Cantabile
04 Everything's Coming Up Roses - Shirley Bassey
05 Me And My Shadow - Peggy Lee
06 Fancy Meeting You Here - Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney
07 Pretty Butterfly - Vic Damone
08 Days Of Wine And Roses - Henri Mancini

Side 2
01 A Man And A Woman - Andy Williams
02 If I Were A Bell - Doris Day
03 Autumn In New York - Johnny Mathis
04 If Ever I Would Leave You - Robert Goulet
05 The Second Time Around - Mel Tormé
06 I Concentrate On You - Lena Horne
07 The Very Thought Of You - Tony Bennett
08 Dancing In The Dark - Manuel And The Music Of The Mountains
Tomorrow I'm going crate diggin' at a huge garage sale / flea market in a small town near Antwerp. It's an annual event, and I'm really looking forward to it. I hope I'm gonna find a few gems there... I always do. I'll keep you posted.

Damn... It's good to be back